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“[E]xpert in all matters related to US retirement plans and their interaction with the capital markets.”—Chambers USA
Cadwalader’s ERISA attorneys counsel clients on the fiduciary standards under ERISA, prohibited transaction rules, compliance with ERISA regulations and the tax aspects of employee benefit plan investments in the context of plan investment activities on both the buy- and sell-sides, extraordinary corporate events and day-to-day corporate operations. Our clients include banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, investors, private investment funds, issuers, employers and individuals.
Our ERISA team works closely with our industry-leading Financial Regulation, Derivatives & Structured Products, Securitization & Asset Based Finance and Investment Management teams on the structuring of new and innovative investment products, services, businesses and investment vehicles, both traditional and alternative in nature. We provide creative solutions that achieve the results desired by clients, while helping to ensure that the products and services made available to the employee benefit plan market comply with applicable legal requirements. We also routinely advise financial services firms in connection with the provision of services, such as investment management, brokerage and custody services, to employee benefit plans and entities deemed to hold the assets of such plans.
Our ERISA team also works closely with our highly-regarded Corporate, Financial Restructuring, Investment Management, Real Estate and Tax teams to provide counsel with respect to ERISA issues. We are experienced advisors and negotiators on the intersection of ERISA and mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spinoffs, public and private securities offerings, tender offers, exchange offers, restructurings, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, lending transactions, private equity investments and fund structuring. We also regularly advise clients on plan reporting, disclosure and ERISA compliance, as well as on plan terminations and withdrawals.
Our ERISA attorneys have significant experience representing clients in seeking relief and guidance from the Department of Labor, having achieved landmark ERISA exemptions and interpretations.
We work hard to stay at the cutting edge of this practice and keep all of our clients advised of the implications of new ERISA-related laws, regulations and interpretations affecting their businesses.